We’ve got another Felix Hernandez rehabilitation start at Cheney Stadium today, as he continues in his bid to return from shoulder bursitis.
Hernandez is set to throw roughly 65 pitches today, and hopefully he’ll have better command than he did on Tuesday when he looked, well, exactly like a pitcher who hadn’t pitched in a game of any kind in six weeks.
The Mariners said yesterday that they are slowing down Felix’s recovery process, and that he will have a third rehab start later this coming week. Whether that will be in Everett on Friday or Tacoma on Saturday is unknown at this time – and may not be determined until we see how Felix feels coming out of today’s game.
Hopefully he has a good one today. The Mariners are playing fun baseball right now, and it would be great to see Felix return to their rotation.
Yesterday: Josh Rodriguez of Las Vegas had a huge game, hitting two homers and a double in a 5-4 win over Tacoma on Saturday night. His solo blast in the second inning ended Tacoma’s shutout innings streak at 21.1, and his two-run shot in the sixth inning gave Vegas the lead. Today we have the ‘rubber match’ (whatever that means) of the three-game series.
Roster Move: Prior to Saturday’s game the Mariners called up reliever Emilio Pagan, and optioned Tyler Cloyd to Tacoma. Cloyd’s workload is being monitored as he recovers from elbow surgery and it is more sensible to do that in the Triple-A rotation.
Today: Las Vegas (25-38) at Tacoma (34-27), 1:35.
Opponent Affiliation: New York Mets.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 4-2.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 1.57) at RHP Felix Hernandez (0-0, 22.50).
Hot Rainiers: Tyler O’Neill has an eight-game hitting streak… D.J. Peterson is 10-for-21 over his last five games, and he has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games… Dan Vogelbach has reached base via hit or walk in ten straight games.
Look Out For: Las Vegas has two 21-year-old prospects to watch this weekend. Shortstop Amed Rosario is rated as one of the top five prospects in all of minor league baseball, and he has reached base in 27 straight games… first baseman Dominic Smith is the other 21-year-old, and he has a seven-game hitting streak going 12-for-29 during it.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a Sunday home game, so Bob Robertson joins me in the booth and calls the middle innings.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
Triple-A All-Star Game: We’re hosting it at Cheney Stadium on July 12, and fan balloting is live now – go here and vote for who you want to see.
- Again, The News Tribune did not cover last night’s Rainiers game, but the Las Vegas newspaper did.
- Apparently Felix Hernandez wasn’t too pleased to hear that his rehabilitation has been extended. The story also includes updates on the other injured Mariners starting pitchers.
- Three ex-Mariners homered as Toronto beat Seattle yesterday, 4-2, spoiling the M’s bid to go over the .500 mark. Three takeaways from the game.
- The draft starts tomorrow, and the Mariners select No. 17 in the first round. Ryan Divish has a story on the process and a look at the M’s history of first round picks.
- The Mariners explained their latest roster move.
- David Laurila’s always entertaining Sunday notes column for Fangraphs includes a story of the Mariners scouting Dan Altavilla.
PCL Game Reports:
- Orlando Calixte had two hits and two RBI to help Sacramento beat Reno, 5-2. The Rainiers remain four games behind first place Reno.
- Well, that’s one way to do it: Fresno made five errors but hit six homers and won in El Paso, 9-5.
- Albuquerque defeated Salt Lake, 4-2, and all six runs in the game scored on solo homers.
- New Orleans Baby Cakes drooled all over Werner Park, bashing 19 hits in a 12-4 win at Omaha. Omaha’s Terrance Gore hit his first professional home run.
- Colorado Springs swept a doubleheader from Iowa, 8-1 and 11-0, as outfielder Ryan Cordell had a huge day at the plate. The Sky Sox played game two as a visitor on their own field, since it was a make-up of a game rained out in Iowa. Colorado Springs has lost a trio of prospects to major league call-ups. That paper has a feature on twitter humorist/pitcher Tim Dillard.
- Nashville scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to win at Memphis, 6-3.
- Oklahoma City put ten runs on the board to support Julio Urias in a 10-5 win over Round Rock.
The Rainiers are off on Monday and will spend the day flying to El Paso. We’ll take a blog day off, too. Next update will come early Tuesday afternoon.